Curran Presents PLUGGED IN AT CURRAN Event Series
Carole Shorenstein Hays and the Curran are excited to present PLUGGED IN AT CURRAN, a series of events that invites you to explore your relationship with sound in unique and innovative ways. In addition to the highly anticipated Bay Area debut of the Complicite production of THE ENCOUNTER, the Curran is expanding their DETOUR audio tour as well as adding a one-night-only SILENT DISCO. For tickets and more information on PLUGGED IN AT CURRAN, please visit SFCURRAN.com
Tuesday, April 18th
Saturday, April 22nd
45-minute walking tour, start times vary
Guided by the Curran's leader, Carole Shorenstein Hays, who spearheaded the most extensive and celebratory renovation and restoration the Curran has had since it was built in 1922, this unique and immersive Detour celebrates the Curran's extraordinary history with an inside look at the renovation as the theater begins a new era. You'll go backstage, underground through hidden steam tunnels, to dressing rooms, the "fly wall" and center stage while hearing from legendary stars who have played the Curran, including James Earl Jones, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone. You'll hear from the renovation team, stage managers, stage hands and learn about historic moments with Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and the filming of the Academy Award-winning film All About Eve. Most importantly, you'll hear about the Curran's new mission and how it's maintained its reputation over the course of its life as one of the preeminent live theaters in the world and a reigning example of Beaux Arts architecture in 20th century America. The Curran Detour was co-produced with the Curran and Ninna Gaensler-Debs, a radio producer and writer based in San Francisco.
DETOUR at the Curran is a free event, however RSVP is required.
Saturday, April 22nd at 8:00pm
The Silent Disco phenomena has been sweeping the globe, where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. At the Curran's one-night-only event, patrons enter through the stage door, put on a pair of wireless headphones and the silent, historic Curran stage instantly transforms into a high energy club. Rather than using a speaker system, music from dueling HUSH DJs is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers. Participants have the choice of which DJ to listen to, while their neighbor could be dancing to beats from the other DJ, adding to the excitement of the evening. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. Refreshments from Sonoma wineries and local breweries will be on hand on the Curran stage. This is 21+ event. All guests must have a valid ID.
The Curran Silent Disco is co-produced with the Curran and HUSHconcerts, the first US Silent Disco company.
Tuesday, April 25th through Sunday, May 7th
In Simon McBurney's riveting one-man play, THE ENCOUNTER, audience members must wear headphones to take part in the journey. THE ENCOUNTER tells the true story of National Geographic photojournalist Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, which leads to a startling encounter that changes many lives. Written, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, this solo performances traces McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. As McIntyre's mesmerizing tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true.
THE ENCOUNTER at the Curran marks the San Francisco debut of the celebrated international theater company, Complicite, as well as the final performances for the United States. The show originally premiered in 2015 at the Edinburgh International Festival before its sold-out success at London's Barbican, followed by a European tour. It opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on Thursday, September 29, 2016. More information on the making of The Encounter can be found here.
Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, THE ENCOUNTER is Co-Directed by Kirsty Housley, Design by Michael Levine, Sound by Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, Lighting by Paul Anderson, Projection by Will Duke, and Associate Direction by Jemima James. Co-produced with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, and Warwick Arts Centre, with support by Sennheiser and The Wellcome Trust.
Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the most important productions in history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the greatest venues in North America. Now, nearly 100 years after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran has undergone a 2 year restoration under the leadership of eight-time Tony Award winner Carole Shorenstein Hays. The Curran has relaunched with a new look and a bold new mission: to create a new kind of artistic hub here in San Francisco-one that engages new and existing audiences, and attracts the most visionary artists in the world by presenting bold, daring work.
For more information, visit SFCURRAN.COM.